Thank You, LAOC

I’d like to thank the corporate members of the Los Angeles/Orange County SMTA chapter, who invited me to speak at their breakfast meeting last week. My talk was on the supply chain and what I see are the inevitable collision of distributors and EMS companies of all sizes — and perhaps even the 3PLs (third party logisitics providers) — all of whom are vying for ownership over design and BoM procurement and management.

A special thanks to Michelle Ogihara of Sieka Machinery and Scott Penin of Paradigm Manufacturing Partners, who did all the leg work for setting up and publicizing my talk, and to Doug Dixon of Henkel, who bailed us all out by offering his PC and projection unit when ours failed to work properly. Public speaking isn’t my forte, but thanks to you my visit was truly enjoyable.

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About Mike

Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow